We have developed a ‘reading culture’ at Beechwood, where children can interact with books, print and spoken language. We promote the enjoyment of a wide range of genres and encourage children’s own interests. Great importance is placed on ‘reading for meaning’ and a variety of methods are used to develop children’s skills in reading through a host of learning experiences.
The teaching of reading begins in the autumn term of Foundation Stage where the children are introduced to letter sounds (not letter names), and over the course of the term, become familiar with all the initial sounds of the letters of the alphabet. These are not taught in alphabetical order, but follow the order prescribed in the RWI Phonics programme.